Kevin Harvick scored his seventh NASCAR Sprint Cup series pole of the 2014 season at Dover International Speedway Friday. The Stewart-Haas Racing driver won his series high seventh pole thanks to a lap on the one-mile concrete oval nicknamed the “Monster” of 22.095 seconds (162.933 mph). Kyle Busch will line up beside Harvick thanks to his lap of 162.404 mph.
Harvick has been called the “Closer” thanks to his propensity for coming to the front late in a race to win. He has two wins this season, but has not been able to close anything since his last win, that coming at Darlington Raceway in April. He has come close scoring four second place finishes in the races since then. But, Harvick has never won a Sprint Cup race at Dover; in 27 starts, he’s had three top fives and 12 top 10 finishes for an average finish of 15.3. Harvick though said he feels no pressure to visit victory lane soon.
“Not at all,” he said Friday after winning the pole. MORE>>>